Wappinger to provide water to New York City for project | WAMC

Wappinger to provide water to New York City for project

May 22, 2012

The Town of Wappinger in New York’s Dutchess County and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection have agreed that the town willsupply water to the DEP during the construction of a new water shaft. The agreement is part of a massive project to repair leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct in Ulster and Orange counties. Hudson Valley correspondent Hank Gross has more...

Under the plan, the town will provide water for shaft construction and potable supply purposes by September of next year through the duration of the project through 2021.

Town Supervisor Barbara Gutzler said the town would reap a benefit as well.

“The agreement in principle states that in exchange for this assistance, we will supply the City of New York with water for its project and when the project is over, the water lines will be extended to the Chelsea hamlet,” Gutzler said.

That would provide a permanent water source for that area of the town.

Under the agreement, the DEP would pay the town $11 million for permitting, design and construction of a 12 inch water main and for a water distribution system in the Chelsea hamlet district.  Both parties intend to have an inter-municipal agreement in place by mid-June.